Is overtraining the reason most runners get injured?
Many runners have injuries, and for those who train hard, the injury rate is estimate to be as high as 71% according to a new article in shape magazine.
Regardless of training philosophy which may include hard / easy days, interval training or days off to recover, pushing too hard too fast may result in stress fractures and other injuries that were avoidable had we taken it a bit slower.
Part of the problem is that we try to work at a level that our body is not capable in its current state, and then try to push past it. Recently, a young athlete had a stress fracture in his hip bone by doing just that, while misunderstanding the changes that were going on in his body since he was growing at the time as well, which will affect flexibility, stride length and your running symmetry. Sometimes, a trip to your local chiropractor can help you self realize some of your limitations and a treadmill video can yield a lot of information on what happens when we run too fast, or have bad running habits we are unaware of.
Perhaps, much of this is in our heads, and trying to make the best time at the next race is partially a head game. Shape magazines article raises some very good points and offers some solid advice on how to run, how to increase your pace safely and avoid injury, while playing the head game better.
Check out the article here
Cutting Yourself Some Slack Can Lower Your Risk of Running Injuries
Despite how hard you train or how many goals you smash, bad runs happen. The good news: One slow day isn’t going to hurt. The downside: How you react to it could. In a new study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Swedish researchers followed elite athletes as they trained over the course of a year and found that a whopping 71 percent of them suffered from injuries. Not surprising, considering the crazy and intense training schedules athletes have to adhere to. But the researchers didn’t find any connection between injury rate and training too often or hard. Instead, they found that the athletes who blamed themselves for the off day were the most likely to get hurt. (Yikes! Watch out for these5 Beginner Running Injuries (and How to Avoid Each) too.)
“Self-blame causes the athlete to push on through pain when they should have chosen to allow the body rest,” says lead study author Toomas Timpka, M.D., Ph.D. Proof the athletes should’ve eased up: Almost all of the injuries Timpka’s team found, like tendinitis or stress fractures, were due to overuse.